Originally Posted by BilloutWest
Looking at this from the standpoint of dealing with a spouse who believes acquiring river running gear has become an obsessive compulsive disorder.
Perhaps just a white towel from a yard sale draped over the cooler with water from the river dumped on the towel periodically would be adequate.
Sure....that helps too. The discussion was about how to get bubble free ice blocks though. That video show's how its done commercially. You could probably figure out way to replicate it for not very much outlay. Whether its worth it or not is another question.
I did a Deso trip in July this year and used horrible cooler etiquette and still had ice left in the cooler on the way home. I think this stuff comes into play a lot more when going on trips like the Grand Canyon. 4 of our coolers had the "slab of ice" treament on our trip, and they all had a sizeable chunk of ice in the bottom at the end of the 18 day trip. We did good cooler etiquette though and it certainly helps.